Christine Simmons, Outback Community Program director, recently announced the extension of the Women in Transition Series. This series will be run in partnership with Kathy McShane, managing director of Ladies Who Launch. Simmons said, "The New Canaan Outback is committed to offering programs that are beneficial to women who are attempting to navigate back into the corporate world or entrepreneurs. Our workshops are based upon feedback from women in the community and insight into where women need to have some coaching." Although the series is geared toward women, the lessons learned also apply to men. The first workshop in the series will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 9:30 to 11:30 am. It will be conducted at the Outback in New Canaan and will include the following topic:

Handling Difficult Conversations! Effective communication is everything. Done right, communication is a two-way street that leads to positive results. All business professionals must have the ability to communicate effectively and persuasively. In this workshop, you will learn to identify the key elements behind effective communication and practice approaches for handling difficult conversations. Workshop topics and activities include: Active Listening, Appreciative and Corrective Feedback, Giving Constructive Feedback and Recognition and Appreciation. Mary Beth Nelsen, president of the Right Resource, brings more than 20 years of experience as an outcome-focused learning and development consultant and coach. Her passion is helping people and organizations realize their best potential. Nelsen specializes in communications, employee engagement, leadership development and coaching.

Working in partnership with her clients, she focuses on integrating and aligning needs to achieve winning outcomes. She is a popular speaker, writer, blogger and ESL editor. Contact Nelsen at www.therightresourcusa.com. To register go to http//:www.newcanaanoutback.org

Workshops are $45/session. To register go to http://www.newcanaanoutback.org/.